San Francisco Zoo

Zoo in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Crafty kids find ways to persuade parents to brave traffic and chilly fog to reach SF Zoo – but everyone ends up enjoying the well-kept habitats, including the Lemur Forest and the Savanna (featuring giraffes, zebras and ostriches). Star attractions include Bear Country, the Gorilla Preserve, the barnyard-style petting zoo, the Dentzel carousel (rides $3) and the miniature steam train (rides $5). Interactive storybook features are activated with a keepsake Zoo Key ($3); strollers and wheelchairs available ($10 to $12 and $15, respectively).